Jaline & Bjorne ~ Married at Mission San Juan Capistrano

Being a Southern California photographer is amazing for so many reasons.  We are lucky to have amazing light, wonderful easy going clients, and beautiful locations to shoot.  Including the gorgeous Mission San Juan Capistrano.

Jaline and Bjorne tied the knot recently at one of the most historic and beautiful locations in Southern California, and I am so happy they chose me to capture their amazing wedding day and the love they have for each other.  The day was a testament to the love shared between the couple and the support of their family and friends.  

Jaline prepped at the "historic, warm, inviting, timeless, exclusive" Villa San Juan Capistrano before heading over to the Mission to say "I do."  

They wed in front of loved ones in the amazingly detailed Serra Chapel at Mission San Juan Capistrano.  Following their ceremony, we explored the grounds for their romantic photos. Some of my favorite images captured were in the Ruins of the Great Stone Church.

After capturing the bridal party and romantic photos, we whisked back to the Villa San Juan Capistrano for the party! They danced the night away, with just a short break for some delicious naked cake.

Congratulations, Jaline and Bjorne!  Your wedding day was the perfect start to a lifetime of happiness and love!  I had a blast capturing your love story!


Vendor Credits

Photography: Sara Ellen Photography

Venue: Mission San Juan Capistrano, Villa San Juan Capistrano

Wedding Planner: Rachel Salas, Joy'n'Company

DJ: Keith Divel

Bakery: Penny Graham

Mariachi: El Mariachis Zacatecas

Audrey <3

I love kids. To me, they represent the most pure, untouched by the world, magical way that things should be. Their sense of awe and wonder about everything around them gets me every time. The smallest rock, the ickiest bug - gets them squealing and laughing in a way that is indescribable to me. 

This is what I wanted to portray when my sister-in-law and I took my little niece, Audrey out to the field by their house. I had purchased the little yellow vest, and my sister-in-law crocheted the adorable pom pom hat at my request as well. I wanted a mix-matched look because, again, kids are random. They're wild and crazy and they get things dirty. But they're fun, and that's what I wanted to show through her outfit as well.

So we took her out bright and early and I let her play. I didn't pose her. I didn't tell her what to do. I literally let her loose and ran after her with my camera. I wanted to document real life. This was real life. Every stick she picked up, every hand-full of dirt that she threw. I wanted to capture these moments of what being an almost 2yr old is really like. Because you don't ever get that time back.

I had a blast taking these photos, and I hope you enjoy viewing them! They describe exactly the type of photography I'm into. I love light. I love kids. I love capturing true moments and emotion. If you get to see that through my images, then I've accomplished my task!

Lucia & Payton - Best Friends | Laguna Hills - Dinosaur Park

I had so much fun just playing around with the camera and these two cuties! Lucia is my cousin's little girl, and Payton is Lucia's best friend. It's always more fun to take photos with your best friend! Funny thing about taking photos at a park though, is after about 15min of photo taking, the girls just want to go and play! I'd take a few photos and Lucia would ask, "Are done yet?" and "Can we go play now?" It took some creativity to keep them interested, but making funny faces at each other and twirling in pretty dresses are always a favorite :)

Overall it was a sweet mini shoot and I think you will agree that these two goofballs rocked it!

Eric & Lauren | Irvine Regional Park

This shoot with Lauren and Eric is proof that you never know when or where you're going to find new friends! I met up with these two adorable people in Irvine and had a blast taking turns shooting! (Lauren and Eric are also fellow photographers). Their fun, easy-going personalities made shooting easy-peesy! Since then we've been able to meet for coffee and chat about our passions and discuss ideas. Yet another example of why I love doing what I do so much! Photography is such a wonderful way of bringing people together :)

Ethan and Kate | Laguna Beach

My heart just soars when I encounter a couple so in love - it's why I do what I do! Kate and Ethan were no exception! These two love birds have been married almost two years and just by hanging out with them for an afternoon, I can tell they're soulmates! I barely began clicking the camera before Ethan had Kate in his arms cuddling and kissing her - needless to say they made my job very easy! I was also excited to get to shoot at the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park - a new location for me but one that will definitely get added to my bag of locations because it was absolutely gorgeous!

Sandro & Irene | San Juan Capistrano, Ca

It's been a while since I've blogged, but this sweet session with Irene and her husband just begged me to! It's seriously one of the cutest, most loving sessions I've done to date.

I got to meet this adorable couple because I was in search of something different. I posted on social media asking for creative ideas to photograph. I friend of mine commented and suggested I photograph an elderly couple! She in fact, had her mother and her husband in mind. So I said, "Sure!"

And that, is how I met Irene and Sandro. I called Irene up on the phone to see if she'd be interested in a session. Her response was, "Sure! I think that would be fun!"

So I met up with them in San Juan Capistrano by the train station (one of my favorite little places to shoot) and fell in love with these two immediately. Irene spoke to Sandro in Spanish, so while I didn't understand fully what she said every time, there was no mistaking the loving, sometimes comical things she was commenting that would make him chuckle and laugh. Every time I asked for a certain pose, she would sweetly tell Sandro what to do...which usually ended up with him wanting to smooch her, even if that wasn't the instructed pose. But that, in turn, just made us all laugh even more and there is nothing better to capture in photos than laughter!

All together, my time spent with Irene and Sandro had me driving home with a warm feeling in my heart and a smile on my face. I sincerely hope that in 50 years, my husband and I can have and display the same deep and tender love to each other that this endearing couple possess. It is truly a light to all who see it.

Little Amber Smash Cake | Thomas F Riley Wilderness Park, Mission Viejo, Ca

I had so much fun meeting precious little Amber and her parents! It was a last minute session before I had to leave town, but I'm so glad I was able to squeeze it in! She was such a sweet little girl who behaved so well - riiiight up until we began smearing cake on her face ;p

She was so prim and proper she wasn't really into the whole, "smash the cake with your face", thing. She started out gingerly putting her finger in the cake and sloooowly tasting it. But that's about as far as it went...we tried getting her a little more excited about it, but it only resulted in the last photo!

The lighting was stunning and the location picked by Amber's mother, Cat, the Thomas F Riley Wilderness Park, was gorgeous! Cat put so much into the shoot with every special little detail, from the pink garland, to the pink and gold balloons, it was a pure delight to capture, and I sincerely hope I get to see little Amber grow over the years and be a part of documenting her and her families journey along the way!

Greg & Hanna | Engagement | San Juan Capistrano, Ca

Getting to meet Greg and Hanna was such a treat. It was one of those shoots that when we said our goodbyes at the end of the session, I walked away with a big grin on my face and the thought, "Man I love what I do!"

They were just two of the sweetest, most easy-going people I have ever met. The weather on the early May afternoon was perfect, the lighting was golden, and nothing stood in our way. We spent our time walking around San Juan, in front of the movie theater, at the train station, and behind the station where quaint little cafe's and gardens were tucked away. We grabbed sweet, romantic shots wherever we could. It was difficult to stop - we could have kept shooting going forever! (Or at least I could have :p). 

The colors in this session pop! I think it goes along with, and depicts perfectly, the love and warmth that these two have and show towards each other. I'm so happy for them and completely stoked that they get to be married!!